34th Street East Theatre

241 East 34th Street,
New York, NY 10016

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Half a dozen photos of the 34th Street Theatre appear on this page of the April, 1964, issue of International Projectionist. (Enlarge the images by clicking on the + sign in the toolbar at lower right corner of the page.)

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Nice marquee photos.

BradE41
BradE41 on August 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm

It is sad seeing these single screen theatres gone. They had so much more personality than the Monster-Plexes of today.

Kieranx
Kieranx on January 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I can remember hanging out in the city for the day as a kid in the summer of 1985 and going to see Pee Wee’s Big Adventure here Or it might have been Real Genius. What I do remember distinctly is falling in love with an extra large movie poster for Dance With a Stranger that was plastered up on a fence near the theater and peeling it off and running like mad because I was afraid a cop would catch me for stealing, then ducking into the 34th Street East to see one of those two movies.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on June 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I wonder if there were any Night Of The Living Dead prints in the basement.

Rollerena
Rollerena on June 27, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I grew up on 36th street so I saw many, many movies here. I’ll always remember seeing Caberet there with my Mom. JAWS opened there and I must have seen that 10 times. War and Peace played there and if you bought a ticket you saw ½ one day and ½ the following day.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 10, 2007 at 4:00 pm

The 34th St. East Theatre was/is located closer to 2nd Ave. on the north side of the street. The 34th St. Theatre you are referring to, near the 3rd Ave El, later became the Murray Hill Theatre, which was just off 3rd Ave. to the west on the south side of the street.

jflundy
jflundy on December 10, 2007 at 1:42 pm

There is an excellent color photograph of the marquee of the 34th Street Theater which was located on E.34th close by Third Avenue. You can descend from the EL station and be a few feet from the marquee.
The photo is in the second edition of “By the El” by Lawrence Stelter, photos by Lothar Stelter, currently in print. An excellent book of color photos circa 1949-1953, taken along Third Avenue and adjacent streets.
The photo shows a marquee of 1930’s vintage, outlined in yellow with incandescent bulbs of yellow, name in red neon, white glass attraction board with black letters proclaiming the main feature as “Kangaroo” with Peter Lawford, circa 1953.

oodygdin
oodygdin on November 6, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Thank you Warren. I thought that might be the building mentioned. I looked something like the other former power station that still survives on Third and 99th Street.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 6, 2007 at 6:39 am

Yes, the site was formerly used for a power sub-station. Please see my post above of February 23, 2006.

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on November 6, 2007 at 6:24 am

The Shop on Main Street (aka The Shop on High Street)had a long run at the 34th Street East.

oodygdin
oodygdin on November 5, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Was this theater the building that was once the Third Avenue el substation mentioned in the the book about that line called “By the El”?

efriedmann
efriedmann on June 22, 2007 at 8:23 am

I went to only one movie at this theater; David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY.

edtroy
edtroy on February 27, 2007 at 2:39 pm

dave-bronx is correct. I began going to the Murray Hill in the early 50’s. It was orgianlly a vaudville house and was there in total for over 100 years. This included at least one fire and one ceiling collapse.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on February 27, 2007 at 1:24 pm

It was only 1 block; but I am responding to William’s 5/2/06 entry above.

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on February 27, 2007 at 12:42 pm

The 34th Street East was two blocks east of the Murray Hill Theater.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on February 27, 2007 at 12:34 pm

The 34th St Theatre, mentioned above, was the previous name of the Murray Hill Theatre – Rugoff named it MH when he took over and renovated it. A photo of the old 34th St/MH can be seen here:
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edtroy
edtroy on February 27, 2007 at 11:14 am

All of the comments mention for the 34Street East are accurate. I was an Usher there from 1964 for about 18 months. Got to wear a Tux and got free passes to any Theatre in Manhattan. Most impressive to the girls.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 20, 2006 at 8:55 am

The day-and-date policy between the 34th Street East and Little Carnegie was alive and well in March of 1982 when Burt Lancaster watched Susan Sarandon bathe her breasts with lemons in this melancholy Louis Malle film:

Daily News 3/6/82

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 20, 2006 at 8:42 am

The day-and-date policy between the 34th Street East and Little Carnegie was alive and well in March of 1982 when Burt Lancaster watched Susan Sarandon bathe her breasts with lemons in this melancholy Louis Malle film:

Daily News 3/6/82

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 20, 2006 at 8:12 am

Found this ad from a 1980 copy of the Daily News… the film in question had played a sneak preview at both the 34th Street East and the Little Carnegie on 12/12/80 before day-and-dating at both theaters (plus the Baronet) beginning 12/19/80:

Inside Moves Daily News 12/14/80

In those days you got to see the sneak preview and stay for the regular feature (“Elephant Man” here at the 34th Street and “Stardust Memories” at the Little Carnegie).

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 2, 2006 at 1:47 pm

Wouldn’t the 34th Street Theater have been located where the Murray Hill Cinema was located. Did one replace the other?